Data are a critical tool for understanding how COVID-19 is impacting our community. The Onondaga County Health Department is actively tracking cases in Onondaga County to identify trends as well as demographic and geographic variations in transmission and outcomes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also maintains a county-level COVID-19 data tracker. The CDC tracker provides up-to-date information about COVID-19 testing, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The tracker contains data for all US counties allowing for regional comparisons.
The data presented here represent laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Many people with COVID-19 do not undergo testing, therefore these data represent only a portion of the total number of people in Onondaga County with COVID-19 infections. Please note all data presented are preliminary and subject to change as case investigations are completed or more information becomes available. Information that is not yet known or was not provided during the course of a case investigation or vaccination will be marked as “unknown.” The data are organized into the following sections:
The table below provides a summary of COVID-19 testing data for Onondaga County. These data are from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and include the number of individuals tested, the percent of results that were positive that day, and the percent of results that were positive over a 7 day period. See the full data dashboard from NYSDOH at https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard.
The data in this section provide a current snapshot of COVID-19 cases and outcomes in Onondaga County. Data are broken down by new cases and data to date. Unless otherwise specified, data are updated daily and are reported with a one day delay to allow for data collection and analysis.
Case Demographics: Onondaga County
Below are demographic data for laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases to date within Onondaga County. Please note the Onondaga County data presented in the section above are inclusive of Syracuse.
Case Demographics: Syracuse
Below are demographic data for laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases to date within Syracuse. Please note the Onondaga County data presented in the section above are inclusive of Syracuse.
This section provides a snapshot of hospitalizations among laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County. Cases are included even if COVID-19 is not their primary diagnosis. Cases residing in other counties have been excluded from these counts even if they received care in an Onondaga County hospital. This section includes current hospitalization data, trends over time, and a breakdown of hospitalizations by race, age, and gender. Please note, Total Hospitalizations to Date refers to the number of hospitalizations occurring to date and does not indicate the number of individuals who have been hospitalized. Some individuals have been re-hospitalized and count more than once.
This section provides a snapshot of COVID-19 deaths in Onondaga County. The data presented include breakdowns by age, race, and gender for deaths occurring within hospitals or within the community. Deaths occurring at Nursing Homes or Adult Care Facilities have been excluded, please see the following NYSDOH reports for facility death data: Nursing Home Deaths, Assisted Living Facility Deaths, Other Adult Care Facilities Deaths.
The majority of the deaths below were in individuals with severe underlying health conditions. Among unvaccinated individuals, the average age of death is 68 years, compared to 78 years among those who are fully vaccinated.
Testing in Other Community Sectors
In order to monitor the impact of resuming in-person instruction, several local colleges and universities have undertaken pooled testing of their students, faculty, and staff populations. These testing approaches differ from diagnostic testing performed within the general Onondaga County community. Please note any individuals who test positive for COVID-19 through pooled testing undergo diagnostic testing, when appropriate, and are included in Onondaga County’s COVID-19 case counts if they are an Onondaga County resident or were on campus at the time of the onset of their symptoms.
Syracuse University maintains a dashboard of counts of tests conducted within their student and employee populations. The Syracuse University dashboard can be viewed at syracuse.edu/covid-dashboard/.
Definitions and Data Notes
Active Cases: Active cases represent individuals who are either in home isolation, being monitored by the Health Department, residing in a nursing home, or under the care of a hospital.
Total Hospitalizations to Date: the number of hospitalizations occurring to date, and does not indicate the number of individuals who have been hospitalized. Some individuals have been re-hospitalized and count more than once.
Confirmed Deaths: Deaths among individuals with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection for whom COVID-19 was identified as a cause of death. Confirmed Deaths include deaths occurring in hospital, community, and nursing home settings.
Presumed Deaths: Deaths among individuals who were never tested for COVID-19, but presumed to have COVID-19 as a cause of death.
Pooled Samples: Pooled samples refer to samples collected from individuals that are tested collectively to provide more rapid results. Individual diagnostic testing is required following a positive pooled result to confirm which individual in the sample is positive for COVID-19.
DATA SOURCE: All data presented above are from the Onondaga County Health Department. Please note data are provisional and represent data available at the time of report.